Cruising the Lower Ganges of West Bengal is an in-depth cultural, cruise tour in the eastern part of India! Start and end in Kolkata, the 10 days tour will let you explore 7 historic destinations across the River Ganges in West Bengal. This tour includes all transfers, sightseeing, 10 breakfasts and 9 nights accommodation including 7 nights journey in the Ganges Voyager II Cruise Ship.
Day 1 : Fly to Kolkata
Fly to Kolkata.
Day 2 : Kolkata
Arrive in Kolkata (Calcutta) and transfer to the Oberoi Grand for 1 night.
Day 3 : Kolkata
Transfer to the Ganges Voyager II for the 7-night journey. Lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon, visit Mother Teresa’s house and tomb. Mother Teresa started the Missionary of Charity in 1952, and lived and worked here until her death in 1997. Learn about her life story at the permanent exhibition, which includes a visit to her personal room and a visit to her orphanage, Shishu Bhavan, where one of the sisters will take you on a guided tour. (B)
Day 4 : Kalna
This morning, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the city centre of Kalna en route to the enchanting Rajbari complex, which is home to the highest concentration of temples in the region. Other temples at Rajbari include Lalji, the oldest in the complex (1739), and Krishnachandra (1751). (B)
Day 5 : Kolkata
Embark on an early morning city tour of Kolkata including visits to the Writer's Building, General Post Office, High Court, St John’s Church and the Victoria Memorial Museum, which houses the largest collection of British colonial historical artefacts in India. After lunch, journey upstream and go on an afternoon excursion in Bandel. Visit the Hooghly Imambara, a Shia pilgrimage site built in 1841 by Haji Mohammad Mahasin. (B)
Day 6 : Matiari
Go ashore to visit the bazaar in Matiari, known for manufacturing beautiful handcrafted brass items, created using traditional methods that have been passed down for centuries. Continue the journey upstream and sail past the battlefield of Plassey, where Robert Clive of the British East India Company defeated the Mughal Nawabs in 1757. The rulers of Bengal and their French allies established the company rule in India, which spread through much of south Asia for the next 190 years. (B)
Day 7 : Khushbagh • Baranagar
This morning, visit the charming village of Khushbagh, passing through scenic fields to arrive at the well-preserved mosque complex built by Nawab Ali-WardiKhan, housing his family's private mosque. Later, visit the rural village of Baranagar, home to several temples dating from the 18th century (1714 - 1793) and the Hazarduari Palace. In the evening, return to the ship for dinner and enjoy a local cultural performance on board. (B)
Day 8 : Mayapur
After a restful morning observing local life along the riverbanks, stop in the village of Mayapur, known as the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486) who is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Experience the fascinating culture of Krishna followers and learn about the 700,000 square foot temple that has been recently constructed in the complex. (B)
Day 9 : Chandernagore
Begin the day in Chandernagore, established as a French colony in 1673. The French obtained permission from Ibrahim Khan, the then Nawab of Bengal, to establish a trading post on the river banks of this city, which became a permanent French settlement in 1688. Explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French governor's residence, now converted into a museum that features an exhibition of items that depict life during this period. Later, visit the Sacred Heart Church of Chandernagore before returning to the ship and continuing the journey downstream to Kolkata. (B)
Day 10 : Kolkata
Following breakfast, disembark the vessel and transfer back to the Oberoi Grand. (B)
Day 11 : Departure
Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.
Assistance during arrival and departure
10 Nights accommodation based on double/twin sharing basis
Meals - Daily buffet breakfast at the hotel
Transportation - Entire Trip, Including Airport Transfers, Sightseeing by an AC Car MUV/SUV/Sedan car.
Sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
Local English Speaking Guide
1 Mineral water bottles per person per day
All currently applicable taxes
1-2 persons - Air-conditioned sedan car such as Etios/Dezire or similar
3-4 persons - Air-conditioned MUV car such as Toyota Innova or similar
5-10 persons - Air-conditioned mini-van such as Tempo Traveler or similar
Visas Fee (if applicable)
Beverages other than drinking water & any costs of a personal nature
Any International or Domestic Flight
Porterage, laundry, telephone charges, shopping, wines and alcoholic beverages, mineral water, items of personal nature and food or drink which is not part of the itinerary
Any Entrance Fees, Camera fees
Anything not mentioned in the Itinerary
How to book a trip?
If you are interested in booking any of our brochure tours, you may simply send us an email giving us your details. We normally need an advance amount once we confirm the arrangements for the tour. The amount depends on the services you may require for the tour. This can be paid through bank transfer, credit/debit card, or cash. We need balance payment before arrival or as per below schedule.
30 days or more before the date of departure: 25% of the total cost
29 - 20 days before the date of departure: 50% of the total cost
19 - 16 days before the date of departure: 100% of the total cost
Important: The booking stands liable to be cancelled if 100% payment is not received 16 days prior to departure date and received amount will be fully forfeited.
If you cancel your holiday:
You or any member of your party may cancel their travel arrangements at any time. Written notification or an e-mail to that effect from the person who made the booking must be received at our office. The cancellation charges per person applicable are as per the published cancellation policy below:
Between 30 - 45 days before the date of departure: 25% of the total cost
Between 17 - 29 days before the date of departure: 50% of the total cost
Up-to 16 days before the date of departure: 100% of the total cost
If we change or cancel your holiday:
We do plan the arrangements in advance. It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements.
Documents to be submitted:
Photo ID proof.
Passport (Only for Foreign Tourists / NRI).
Payment & Collect:
Pay the registration amount / full tour price by Cheque, Demand Draft, Online and collect:
Tour itinerary, travel and hotel details (On Email & Hard Copy)
Receipt of payment (On Email & Hard Copy)
Visa folder for World Tour(s) (Hard Copy)
Note: After the payment is successful, an acknowledgement message is sent to the guest's registered email ID. This message contains the bank details, the amount credited along with the date and place of payment. In case the message is not received, you are requested to contact your dedicated tour manager or call Alkof Holidays corporate office immediately on +91-9717930209
Frquently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Travel is one of those things that naturally gives rise to queries, concerns and doubts, so we’re here to put your mind at ease. Various "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS" on your travel to India will be covered into the document. Kindly go through the same and if there are other unanswered questions and clarifications, it would be our pleasure to address the same too.
Many of our travelers join because they are traveling solo. So yes it is absolutely safe to travel solo on this tour. As a solo traveler, you have to pay single supplement charges. Please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly.
Our tour cost includes personal assistance during arrival and departure, hotel accommodations with breakfast, all transfers, sightseeing and excursions by private air-conditioned car/van/coach depending on a number of persons with as per itinerary, English speaking local guide, all applicable taxes and dedicated manager with 24x7 support. We can also include lunch and dinner, domestic flights, and other services on request at an additional cost.
The check-in and the check-out timings in a majority of the hotels are 1400 hours and the 1200 hours respectively. Early check-in's and late check-out's are subject to availability of the rooms, thus we suggest you to book your room(s) previous night itself if you arriving early then the normal check-in time or if you have a late check-out. Just let us know your arrival and departure timing at the time of booking your tour with us and we will help you in managing your stay for the extra hours.
We provide 3 star comfort hotels in our standard tour packages. However you can always upgrade your accommodations to 4 star hotels or 5 star luxury hotels or charming boutique hotels/heritage palaces or any special hotel of your choice at an additional cost.
Alkof Holidays is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. We ask that you carefully consider whether you are physically and mentally able to complete the itinerary. We will make reasonable adjustments to the operation of our trip to facilitate the requirements of disabled travelers – such as booking ground floor accommodation or having your tour manager communicate important directions in writing as well as verbally. Further please let us know at the time of booking and we’ll arrange your tour accordingly.
One must possess a passport which is valid for minimum 6 months from the date of entry into India. Many countries have been included in the list of countries whose citizens are provided E-Visa facility provided they apply 72 hours in advance. Other nationals need to obtain Indian visa in advance to enter India.
You will be greeted by our representative at the airport on your arrival. He shall be holding a company placard with your name written on it for your identification. We shall also provide you list of emergency 24 hours contact phone numbers for your assistance.
We provide dedicated tour managers to all our guest with 24 X 7 personal assistance. Our office is open 24 hours a day which means that you will always have someone to assist you even at any point of time. We shall also give you mobile nos. of our executives who you may call, email or whatsapp in case of any need.
If you are interested in booking any of our brochure tours, you may simply send us an email giving us your details. We normally need an advance amount once we confirm the arrangements for the tour. The amount depends on the services you may require for the tour. This can be paid through bank transfer, credit/debit card, or cash. We need balance payment before arrival.
Established in 2009, Alkof Holidays is a mid-sized "Travel Agency in India". We understand our customers and always deliver on our promises. We offer exciting travel experiences, meticulously planned itineraries and comfortable tours conducted by professional, experienced, enthusiastic and seasoned tour managers.